We envision Greene County as a cultural center of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley, where the quality of life is enriched by artistic and cultural programs, actively enjoyed and supported by residents and visitors alike.
The purpose of the Council to broaden and enrich the quality of life in Greene County by developing and strengthening all the arts and by fostering cultural and arts-related activities as a means of encouraging sensitivity to and appreciation of the arts and contributing to the County’s cultural and economic growth.
With this purpose, GCCA provides information and services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies and the general public. Acting as a chamber of commerce for the arts and a clearing house for the promotion of arts activities, we aim to stimulate the area’s cultural and economic growth through the arts.
Community Link/Community Outreach
Acting in the belief that our mission can best be achieved by government, business, tourism, educational institutions, community groups and arts organizations – all working together, we have initiated, promoted and participated in numerous collaborative community revitalization programs, festivals and special events such as Jazz at the Point, Arts & Crafts sales and entertainment at the Farmers Market. Outreach is a major focus of our work and represents one of our greatest strengths: promoting the arts within the context of community.
Through Community Link, all our programs and activities become linked to the community and community outreach stands out as a major component of all that we do.
Facilities & Gallery Programs
To better serve our community, we maintain a year-round gallery in the river town of Catskill, the county seat.
Our office, located at 398 Main Street in Catskill, houses galleries on two floors, a gift shop, a resource center and a grants and reference library. Our staff of professional arts administrators and programmers assisted by a core of dedicated volunteers, conduct community outreach programs, workshops, seminars, receptions, meetings, small performances, and literary events.
Since 1976, the GCCA’s Gallery Programs have continued to grow in reputation and excellence. Our exhibitions reflect the community in which we live and are designed with both public needs and the artists’ interests in mind. Annually, over 5,000 people visit our galleries which showcase the work of local, regional, and national artists. We also maintain ongoing exhibits of visual arts at the Amtrak Train Station.